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# 2
06-04-2013, 09:24 PM
Good read. Thanks Neo.
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# 3
06-04-2013, 09:24 PM
It actually is true. I can't believe I didn't realize this before. Replicators are just highly advanced 3D printers.
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06-04-2013, 09:45 PM
It will be interesting how this turns out and it will be a hell of a boon for the convenience food market if the idea catches on, but there's a lot to food, it's going to be a real challenge to get taste, texture and nutrient value on the same page as appearance with all of it coming from various dry powders and some water.
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# 5
06-04-2013, 10:01 PM
I'd say it's more like a protein synthesizer more than a replicator, but this is definitely a step in the right direction.
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# 6
06-05-2013, 12:48 AM
I have seen the future, and it is pizza.
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# 7
06-05-2013, 04:57 AM
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Originally Posted by weiir1 View Post
I'd say it's more like a protein synthesizer more than a replicator, but this is definitely a step in the right direction.
agreed. Replicators use an energy-to-matter conversion, a variation on transporter technology, while 3D printing uses a matter-to-matter conversion process.

Still, as you say, it is a step toward the replicator. And this may explain all those weird shapes and colors on Kirk's tray at the replimat.

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06-05-2013, 06:24 AM
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One step closer to soylent green.
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# 9
06-05-2013, 07:59 AM
3D printing is not the same thing at all but it is a step in that direction definitely. Really you need a way to rearrange matter at the molecular level, on-demand, for it to be functional replicator technology.

In the article they talk about printing food, but they are basically carrying a ink with them, rather than rearranging convenient energy and matter into food (ie, human waste plus sunshine = steak dinner). They could carry that same ink paste, and slice it as cheese, would be the same damn thing. Its not replicator tech at all.
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06-05-2013, 11:45 AM
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Soylent Green is PEOPLE !!!!!
People who were incompatible with the transporter.

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